Impact Church in Scottsdale, Arizona—made up of professional athletes—probably has some of the healthiest members in the nation. What sets this Purpose Driven Church apart is that it’s equally focused on spiritual health by balancing all five purposes.
Far from a traditional church, Impact started as a Bible study hosted by NFL linebacker, Andre Wadsworth. After playing college football for Florida State University, he was drafted in 1998 by the Arizona Cardinals.
Following a 2007 season with the New York Jets, Andre invited a group of teammates to join his at-home Bible study called, Impact Pro Athletes. Eventually it lured players from the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks, to the point that Andre’s small group outgrew his home.
With a need for a larger venue, and a church that would serve the community, Impact Church was born in 2010. From Andre’s living room to an airplane hanger, Impact Church moved to its permanent location at Scottsdale Air Park, the second largest private airport in the nation.
Word spread of this exciting new church, predominately made up of athletes, ranging from college level to pro players. Appointed as senior pastor was Travis Hearn, who was the ideal fit since he had been active chaplain for the Phoenix Suns since 2002. Staying on the “team” was Andre who took on the role of Associate Executive Pastor. Following their lead were other ministry leaders also in the sports industry.